May 25, 2019
Gr. Worcester Comm. Foundation Grants $185K to 16 Nonprofits

June 4, 2018 —The Greater Worcester Community Foundation today announced it has granted $185,239 to 16 nonprofits to advance projects that increase access to health care or health promotion services that address the social determinants of health.

The funds, from the Fallon/OrNda Community Health Fund of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, were granted to the following:
  • Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, Worcester: $10,000 for YouthReach, a targeted youth outreach program which provides a mix of programs and services delivered to the organization's most vulnerable youth.

  • Community Harvest Project, North Grafton: $5,000 for its patient produce distributions, allowing for the distribution of fresh produce to organizations that operate health programs for food insecure individuals.

  • Community Health Connections, Fitchburg: $5,000 for improving access for patients with restricted mobility, with purchase of barrier-free exam tables for health center sites.

  • Dismas House of Central Massachusetts, Worcester: $5,000 for its clinical support services, in order to expand and maintain in-house clinical support services.

  • Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Worcester: $15,000 for its clinical support services, in order to expand and maintain in-house clinical support services.

  • Family Health Center of Worcester, Worcester: $20,000 for its Healthcare for Homeless Families program, providing crisis intervention and stabilization services for homeless families.

  • Genesis Club, Worcester: $7,500 for its Outreach Program to Psychiatric Hospital Patients, a pilot project to engage with patients prior to release about organization's programs and services.

  • Girls Inc. of Worcester, Worcester: $5,239 for promoting healthy lifestyles through a mix of programs to improve the health of vulnerable girls in Worcester.

  • HOPE Coalition, Worcester: $15,000 for its mental health model, aiming to embed health counselors in youth-serving agency programs across Worcester.

  • Pathways for Change, Worcester: $7,000 for medical accompaniment, aiming to offer immediate counseling services for sexual assault victims who pursue medical services at area hospitals.

  • Pernet Family Health Service, Worcester: $20,000 for enhancing maternal and child well-being through home visits, providing in-home coaching and support visits for poor and socially-isolated pregnant women and young mothers.

  • Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, Boston: $12,500 for its sexual health education programming, offering peer-to-peer programs and bilingual parent sex education.

  • Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts, Worcester: $15,000 for its Healthcare Access Program, aimed to support Southeast Asian immigrants and refugees navigate insurance and health care systems.

  • The CASA Project, Worcester: $15,000 for its Mental Health Services for Vulnerable Children Collaboration, a collaborative effort to address systemic barriers serving the mental health needs of children in foster care.

  • Worcester Youth Center, Worcester: $20,000 for health and wellness programming expansion, with a focus on nutrition, exercise, and peer-to-peer health education.

  • YWCA of Central Massachusetts, Worcester: $8,000 for SPLASH: Swim & Play, Aquatic Safety & Health, a learn to swim water safety program for economically disadvantaged and minority youth in Worcester.

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